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August 31, 2017

Think About It: Women Work

Website WalletHub told us last week that Hawaii ranks #1 ofall the states in the country when it comes to "women's equality". Hawaiiranked #1 in "education and health" and "smallest income gap", #8 in "politicalempowerment", and #4 in "workplace environment" among the 15 key indicators usedto define gender equality. The study looked at the number of male and female executives,unemployment rates, and other measurable areas in making its analysis. Nevadaranked #2, followed by Illinois and Minnesota, so there's no geographical slantin this tabulation. Texas, Virginia, and Utah ranked at the bottom of the equalitysurvey.

Internationally, the U.S. ranks only 45th out of144 ranked countries in gender equality. While WalletHub says that women in this country make up 49% of thecollege-educated labor force, only 6% are CEOS and just 25% hold executive- orsenior-management positions nationwide. And while there are numerous theoriesto explain this disparity, the reality is- we've still got a long way to go.And the gaps are much worse for minorities, male or female. Glass ceiling? Notso bad here, but in other places the ceiling appears to be concrete.

Over the past 60 years, 49 democracies worldwide haveelected at least one woman to lead, including 15 as of today. That listincludes Germany, Bangladesh, Estonia, South Korea, India, Brazil, Iceland,Israel, Pakistan, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In almost 250 years, the U.S. hasn'tmanaged to elect a woman to its top spot. In Hawaii, we've seen minorities andwomen lead us, and they've done it quite well. The gender gap in many places inthis country is growing. I know it's just a website and some data, but this isone glowing title- #1 in gender equality- that Hawaii should be proud of andcontinue to set the national trend. Think about it…

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